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KC Derby Crush – Coed Clash Battle 1

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more exciting in the world of Kansas City roller derby, the Cowtown Butchers bring you their newest coed team, KC Derby Crush!

Coed teams are all the rage nowadays for MRDA teams looking to join forces with their female counterparts, and we’re thrilled that the Butchers are on board as well. Best of all, their first game is this weekend against the Sewer City Goonies just to our north in Riverside!

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So what Kansas City flat track superstars are involved in this new coed endeavor you’re guaranteed to love? We got in touch with Cobrashark, co-captain of the Crush, and he was nice enough to send us the full lineup for this weekend’s game against Sewer City. Here now is your KC Derby Crush:

Cobrashark (captain)
Peanut Butter Panic (captain)
Hellbilly Deluxe
Holden U’Backs (transfer from the St. Louis Gatekeepers)
Jess Decker
Mary Lou Wretched
Peter Babriel
Polish Hitman
Ram Ram
Tuff Noogies
Wreckin’ It Right

Doors open at River Roll Skate Center at 6:30, and the games begin at 7:00. Tickets are $10 for everyone ages 11 and up. Kids 10 and under are admitted free. For an additional $10 fee, you can bring a 17x17x17 cooler full of your favorite beer — no glass or hard liquor allowed. Be sure and bring your own chairs, too.

Join KC Derby Crush this Saturday night for their inaugural game against the Sewer City Goonies!

KC Roller Derby at the 2014 Polar Plunge

The annual Polar Plunge and 5k Strut to benefit Special Olympics Kansas is always a memorable experience, particularly for those taking the leap into the lake for such a great cause. The Kansas City roller derby leagues are there every year to help raise money for our Special Olympians, and this year was no exception. It was KC Derby Digest‘s third year joining the derby festivities out at Shawnee Mission Park, and as always, there was nary a dull moment.

I’m told that the water in the lake this year was the coldest it’s ever been, even colder than in 2011, when Plungers required the assistance of men with chainsaws to even get into the water. Longtime sponsor Papa Murphy’s was on hand to mercifully feed us pizza as the morning turned into afternoon, and the highlight of the morning had to be when Fox 4 meteorologist Michelle Bogowith‘s doberman freaked out about the drone filming the festivities from overhead. Animal comedy never disappoints.


We threw together a fun video overnight of KC Roller Derby’s day at Shawnee Mission Park and uploaded it to YouTube for your enjoyment. Feel free to share as you like, it’s only about a minute and a half long. It includes several snapshots from the event, as well as the plunge into the lake at 11 a.m.

And finally, the photo album itself. No Kansas City derby-related event would be complete without one of those:

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Many thanks to Donna Zimmerman, Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Communications, for providing KC Derby Digest with press accommodations at this year’s very successful Polar Plunge and 5k Strut, and thanks as always to the incredible men and women of Kansas City roller derby for taking the time to help such a fantastic organization. We will definitely see everyone out there again next year!

Derby Weekend

Wherever you are in or near Kansas City this weekend, chances are you’ll be able to find some flat track action nearby. There’s certainly no shortage of amazing derby goodness going on, and as always, it’s our job to tell you all about it.

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Graphic courtesy of the Cowtown Butchers.

First up, the Cowtown Butchers take the track Saturday night and face off against their MRDA rivals, the Sioux City Kornstalkers. These two ferocious teams are always chomping at the bit to get a piece of each other, and this is your chance to see the latest showdown, as well as your last opportunity to see the Butchers in action in 2013, as Saturday night marks the end of their home season. Join Crimson Cobra and company as they throw down against one of the toughest, most resilient teams in the league and end their successful 2013 season on a high note.

Doors open at 6 p.m., first whistle at 7:00. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

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Graphic courtesy of the Blacksnake Rollergirls.

Also Saturday night, the Blacksnake Rollergirls host their Taking a Beating for Breast Cancer fundraiser! Two Blacksnake mash-up teams will face off in the first contest of the evening, and Game 2 features the Blacksnake Rollergirls All Stars taking on Dead Girl Derby‘s Black Plague!

Doors open at the St. Joseph Civic Arena at 5 p.m. Saturday evening. Adults are $12 and kids are just $5. Exactly 100% of the ticket proceeds from this event will benefit Heartland Health for advanced technology in the early detection of breast cancer. Bring some extra cash-ola and participate in their 50/50 drawing, Chuck-a-Duck, and the silent auction. If you haven’t seen the Blacksnake Rollergirls in action this season, this is absolutely your last chance until 2014! Don’t miss it!

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Graphic courtesy of the KCRW Junior Warriors.

Finally, the Kansas City Roller Warriors Junior Derby league returns to Winnwood Skate Center this Sunday for their September bout. Tickets are $10 at the door and the fun begins at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss your last chance this season to see these amazing little ladies tear up the flat track!

Game Photos: 2013 Charity Bouts

Last weekend’s charity bouts at Hale Arena hosted by Dead Girl Derby were more fun than any derby fan has a right to, but how could it have gone any other way? The fun began with a co-ed mash-up bout and ended with the Kansas City Roller Warriors Plan B taking on Dead Girl Derby in a 50/50 bout in which the first half was played by the M.A.D.E. rule set and the second half featured WFTDA rules.

We’d certainly never seen anything like it before, and we’re guessing the rest of Kansas City hadn’t, either. The whole thing was one big fundraiser for Hillcrest Transitional Housing that brought in something like $1700, exactly 100% of which went to its intended charitable recipient.

Of course, we have the photos.

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Special thanks to the band Seventh Day for another awesome performance at this year’s charity bouts, and thanks again to Dead Girl Derby, the Cowtown Butchers, and KCRW Plan B for their participation in a truly unique event.

Butchers Scrimmage in Omaha

Last weekend, KC Derby Digest was invited along on a one-day road trip to Omaha, Nebraska to witness and photograph a mash-up scrimmage involving the Cowtown Butchers, the Sioux City Kornstalkers, and the Omaha Roller Bros.

Twelve-plus hours of combined drive time and derby awesomeness in the Omaha Rollergirls practice facility makes for some happy skaters and fans, and we have the photographic evidence to show for it.

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Big thanks to everyone involved for the hard work and hospitality that went into the scrimmage, and we look forward to many more just like it.